Google Search Operators: The Complete List (42 Advanced Operators)

For anyone that’s been doing SEO for a while, Google advanced search operators—i.e., special commands that make regular ol’ searches seem laughably basic in comparison—are nothing new.

Here’s a Google search operator you may be familiar with.

ahrefs site search

the “site:” operator restricts results to only those from a specified site.

It’s easy to remember most search operators. They’re short commands that stick in the mind.

But knowing how to use them effectively is an altogether different story.

Most SEOs know the basics, but few have truly mastered them.

In this post, I’ll share 15 actionable tips to help you master search operators for SEO, which are:

  1. Find indexation errors
  2. Find non-secure pages (non-https)
  3. Find duplicate content issues
  4. Find unwanted files and pages on your site
  5. Find guest post opportunities
  6. Find resource page opportunities
  7. Find sites that feature infographics… so you can pitch YOURS
  8. Find more link prospects… AND check how relevant they are
  9. Find social profiles for outreach prospects
  10. Find internal linking opportunities
  11. Find PR opportunities by finding competitor mentions
  12. Find sponsored post opportunities
  13. Find Q+A threads related to your content
  14. Find how often your competitors are publishing new content
  15. Find sites linking to competitors

But first, here’s a complete list of all Google search operators and their functionality.

Google Search Operators: The Complete List

Did you know that Google is constantly killing useful operators?

That’s why most existing lists of Google search operators are outdated and inaccurate.

For this post, I personally tested EVERY search operator I could find.

Here is a complete list of all working, non-working, and “hit and miss” Google advanced search operators as of 2018.

“search term”

Force an exact-match search. Use this to refine results for ambiguous searches, or to exclude synonyms when searching for single words.

Example: “steve jobs”

OR

Search for X or Y. This will return results related to X or Y, or both. Note: The pipe (|) operator can also be used in place of “OR.”

Examples: jobs OR gates / jobs | gates

AND

Search for X and Y. This will return only results related to both X and Y. Note: It doesn’t really make much difference for regular searches, as Google defaults to “AND” anyway. But it’s very useful when paired with other operators.

Examplejobs AND gates

Exclude a term or phrase. In our example, any pages returned will be related to jobs but not Apple (the company).

Example: jobs ‑apple

*

Acts as a wildcard and will match any word or phrase.

Example: steve * apple

( )

Group multiple terms or search operators to control how the search is executed.

Example: (ipad OR iphone) apple

$

Search for prices. Also works for Euro (€), but not GBP (£) 🙁

Example: ipad $329

define:

A dictionary built into Google, basically. This will display the meaning of a word in a card-like result in the SERPs.

Example: define:entrepreneur

cache:

Returns the most recent cached version of a web page (providing the page is indexed, of course).

Example: cache:apple.com

filetype:

Restrict results to those of a certain filetype. E.g., PDF, DOCX, TXT, PPT, etc. Note: The “ext:” operator can also be used—the results are identical.

Example: apple filetype:pdf / apple ext:pdf

site:

Limit results to those from a specific website.

Example: site:apple.com

related:

Find sites related to a given domain.

Example: related:apple.com

intitle:

Find pages with a certain word (or words) in the title. In our example, any results containing the word “apple” in the title tag will be returned.

Example: intitle:apple

allintitle:

Similar to “intitle,” but only results containing all of the specified words in the title tag will be returned.

Example: allintitle:apple iphone

inurl:

Find pages with a certain word (or words) in the URL. For this example, any results containing the word “apple” in the URL will be returned.

Example: inurl:apple

allinurl:

Similar to “inurl,” but only results containing all of the specified words in the URL will be returned.

Example: allinurl:apple iphone

intext:

Find pages containing a certain word (or words) somewhere in the content. For this example, any results containing the word “apple” in the page content will be returned.

Example: intext:apple

allintext:

Similar to “intext,” but only results containing all of the specified words somewhere on the page will be returned.

Example: allintext:apple iphone

AROUND(X)

Proximity search. Find pages containing two words or phrases within X words of each other. For this example, the words “apple” and “iphone” must be present in the content and no further than four words apart.

Example: apple AROUND(4) iphone

weather:

Find the weather for a specific location. This is displayed in a weather snippet, but it also returns results from other “weather” websites.

Example: weather:san francisco

stocks:

See stock information (i.e., price, etc.) for a specific ticker.

Example: stocks:aapl

map:

Force Google to show map results for a locational search.

Example: map:silicon valley

movie:

Find information about a specific movie. Also finds movie showtimes if the movie is currently showing near you.

Example: movie:steve jobs

in

Convert one unit to another. Works with currencies, weights, temperatures, etc.

Example: $329 in GBP

source:

Find news results from a certain source in Google News.

Example: apple source:the_verge

_

Not exactly a search operator, but acts as a wildcard for Google Autocomplete.

Example: apple CEO _ jobs

Here are the ones that are hit and miss, according to my testing:

#..#

Search for a range of numbers. In the example below, searches related to “WWDC videos” are returned for the years 2010–2014, but not for 2015 and beyond.

Example: wwdc video 2010..2014

inanchor:

Find pages that are being linked to with specific anchor text. For this example, any results with inbound links containing either “apple” or “iphone” in the anchor text will be returned.

Example: inanchor:apple iphone

allinanchor:

Similar to “inanchor,” but only results containing all of the specified words in the inbound anchor text will be returned.

Example: allinanchor:apple iphone

blogurl:

Find blog URLs under a specific domain. This was used in Google blog search, but I’ve found it does return some results in regular search.

Example: blogurl:microsoft.comSIDENOTE. Google blog search discontinued in 2011

loc:placename

Find results from a given area.

Example: loc:”san francisco” appleSIDENOTE. Not officially deprecated, but results are inconsistent.

location:

Find news from a certain location in Google News.

Example: loc:”san francisco” appleSIDENOTE. Not officially deprecated, but results are inconsistent.

Here are the Google search operators that have been discontinued and no longer work. 🙁

+

Force an exact-match search on a single word or phrase.

Example: jobs +appleSIDENOTE. You can do the same thing by using double quotes around your search.

~

Include synonyms. Doesn’t work, because Google now includes synonyms by default. (Hint: Use double quotes to exclude synonyms.)

Example: ~apple

inpostauthor:

Find blog posts written by a specific author. This only worked in Google Blog search, not regular Google search.

Example: inpostauthor:”steve jobs”SIDENOTE. Google blog search was discontinued in 2011.

allinpostauthor:

Similar to “inpostauthor,” but removes the need for quotes (if you want to search for a specific author, including surname.)

Example: allinpostauthor:steve jobs

inposttitle:

Find blog posts with specific words in the title. No longer works, as this operator was unique to the discontinued Google blog search.

Example: intitle:apple iphone

link:

Find pages linking to a specific domain or URL. Google killed this operator in 2017, but it does still show some results—they likely aren’t particularly accurate though. (Deprecated in 2017)

Example: link:apple.com

info:

Find information about a specific page, including the most recent cache, similar pages, etc. (Deprecated in 2017)Note: The id: operator can also be used—the results are identical.SIDENOTE. Although the original functionality of this operator is deprecated, it is still useful for finding the canonical, indexed version of a URL. Thanks to @glenngabe for pointing this one one!

Example: info:apple.com / id:apple.com

daterange:

Find results from a certain date range. Uses the Julian date format, for some reason.

Example: daterange:11278–13278SIDENOTE. Not officially deprecated, but doesn’t seem to work.

phonebook:

Find someone’s phone number. (Deprecated in 2010)

Example: phonebook:tim cook

#

Searches #hashtags. Introduced for Google+; now deprecated.

Example: #apple

15 Actionable Ways to Use Google Search Operators

Now let’s tackle a few ways to put these operators into action.

My aim here is to show that you can achieve almost anything with Google advanced operators if you know how to use and combine them efficiently.

So don’t be afraid to play around and deviate from the examples below. You might just discover something new.BORED OF READING?

Check out 9 actionable Google search operator tips in Sam Oh’s video.

Let’s go!

1. Find indexation errors

Google indexation errors exist for most sites.

It could be that a page that should be indexed, isn’t. Or vice-versa.

Let’s use the site: operator to see how many pages Google has indexed for ahrefs.com.

ahrefs site operator index

~1,040.SIDENOTE. Google only gives a rough approximation when using this operator. For the full picture, check Google Search Console.

But how many of these pages are blog posts?

Let’s find out.

ahrefs blog posts index

~249. That’s roughly ¼.

I know Ahrefs blog inside out, so I know this is higher than the number of posts we have.

Let’s investigate further.

ahrefs blog weird indexation

OK, so it seems that a few odd pages are being indexed.

(This page isn’t even live—it’s a 404)

Such pages should be removed from the SERPs by noindexing them.

Let’s also narrow the search to subdomains and see what we find.

ahrefs index subdomains

SIDENOTE. Here, we’re using the wildcard (*) operator to find all subdomains belonging to the domain, combined with the exclusion operator (-) to exclude regular www results.

~731 results.

Here’s a page residing on a subdomain that definitely shouldn’t be indexed. It gives a 404 error for a start.

ahrefs indexation error

Here are a few other ways to uncover indexation errors with Google operators:

  • site:yourblog.com/category — find WordPress blog category pages;
  • site:yourblog.com inurl:tag — find WordPress “tag” pages.

2. Find non-secure pages (non-https)

HTTPs is a must these days, especially for ecommerce sites.

But did you know that you can find unsecure pages with the site: operator?

Let’s try it for asos.com.

asos unsecure 1

Oh my, ~2.47M unsecure pages.

It looks like ASAS don’t currently use SSL—unbelievable for such a large site.

asos unsecure

SIDENOTE. Don’t worry, Asos customers—their checkout pages are secure 🙂

But here’s another crazy thing:

ASOS is accessible at both the https and http versions.

asos http https

And we learned all that from a simple site: search!SIDENOTE. I’ve noticed that sometimes, when using this tactic, pages will be indexed without the https. But when you click-through, you will be directed to the https version. So don’t assume that your pages are unsecure just because they appear as such in Google’s index. Always click a few of them to double-check.FURTHER READING

3. Find duplicate content issues

Duplicate content = bad.

Here’s a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans from ASOS with this brand description:

asos abercrombie and fitch

With third-party brand descriptions like this, they’re often duplicated on other sites.

But first, I’m wondering how many times this copy appears on asos.com.

abercrombie and fitch ahrefs duplicate same domain

~4.2K.

Now I’m wondering if this copy is even unique to ASOS.

Let’s check.

abercrombie and fitch asos duplicate

No, it isn’t.

That’s 15 other sites with this exact same copy—i.e., duplicate content.

Sometimes duplicate content issues can arise from similar product pages, too.

For example, similar or identical products with different quantity counts.

Here’s an example from ASOS:

asos socks quantities duplicate

You can see that—quantities aside—all of these product pages are the same.

But duplicate content isn’t only a problem for ecommerce sites.

If you have a blog, then people could be stealing and republishing your content without attribution.

Let’s see if anyone has stolen and republished our list of SEO tips.

seo tips stolen content

~17 results.SIDENOTE. You’ll notice that I excluded ahrefs.com from the results using the exclusion (-) operator—this ensures that the original doesn’t appear in the search results. I also excluded the word “pinterest.” This was because I saw a lot of Pinterest results for this search, which aren’t really relevant to what we’re looking for. I could have excluded just pinterest.com (-pinterest.com), but as Pinterest has many ccTLDs, this didn’t really help things. Excluding the word “pinterest” was the best way to clean up the results.

Most of these are probably syndicated content.

Still, it’s worth checking these out to make sure that they do link back to you.FIND STOLEN CONTENT IN SECONDS

Content Explorer > In title > enter the title of your page/post > exclude your own site

content explorer syndication search

You will then see any pages (from our database of 900M+ pieces of content) with the same title as your page/post.

In this instance, there are 5 results.

5 results content explorer

Next, enter your domain under “Highlight unlinked domains.”

This will highlight any sites that don’t link back to you.

highlight unlinked domains

You can then reach out to those sites and request the addition of a source link.

FYI, this filter actually looks for links on a domain-level rather than a page-level. It is, therefore, possible that the site could be linking to you from another page, rather than the page in question.

4. Find odd files on your domain (that you may have forgotten about)

Keeping track of everything on your website can be difficult.

(This is especially true for big sites.)

For this reason, it’s easy to forget about old files you may have uploaded.

PDF files; Word documents; Powerpoint presentations; text files; etc.

Let’s use the filetype: operator to check for these on ahrefs.com.

filetype operator pdf

SIDENOTE. Remember, you can also use the ext: operator—it does the same thing.

Here’s one of those files:

ahrefs pdf file in index

I’ve never seen that piece of content before. Have you?

But we can extend this further than just PDF files.

By combining a few operators, it’s possible to return results for all supported file types at once.

filetype operator all types

SIDENOTE. The filetype operator does also support things like .asp.php.html, etc.

It’s important to delete or noindex these if you’d prefer people didn’t come across them.

5. Find guest post opportunities

Guest post opportunities… there are TONS of ways to find them, such as:

guest post operator write for us

But you already knew about that method, right!? 😉SIDENOTE. For those who haven’t seen this one before, it uncovers so-called “write for us” pages in your niche—the pages many sites create when they’re actively seeking guest contributions.

So let’s get more creative.

First off: don’t limit yourself to “write for us.”

You can also use:

  • “become a contributor"
  • “contribute to”
  • “write for me” (yep—there are solo bloggers seeking guest posts, too!)
  • “guest post guidelines”
  • inurl:guest-post
  • inurl:guest-contributor-guidelines
  • etc.

But here’s a cool tip most people miss:

You can search for many of these at once.

guest post multi search operator

SIDENOTE. Did you notice I’m using the pipe (“|”) operator instead of “OR” this time? Remember, it does the same thing. 🙂

You can even search for multiple footprints AND multiple keywords.

guestpost operator multiple footprints and keywords

Looking for opportunities in a specific country?

Just add a site:.tld operator.

guest post operators cctld

Here’s another method:

If you know of a serial guest blogger in your niche, try this:

ryan stewart intext inurl author

This will find every site that person has written for.SIDENOTE. Don’t forget to exclude their site to keep the results clean!HOW TO FIND EVEN MORE AUTHOR GUEST POSTS

Content Explorer > author search > exclude their site(s)

For this example, let’s use our very own Tim Soulo.

guest post author content explorer

BOOM. 17 results. All of which are probably guest posts.

For reference, here’s the exact search I entered into Content Explorer:

author:”tim soulo” -site:ahrefs.com -site:bloggerjet.com

Basically, this searches for posts by Tim Soulo. But it also excludes posts from ahrefs.com and bloggerjet.com (Tim’s personal blog).

Note. Sometimes you will find a few false positives in there. It depends on how common the persons name happens to be.

But don’t stop there:

You can also use Content Explorer to find sites in your niche that have never linked to you.

Content Explorer > enter a topic > one article per domain > highlight unlinked domains

Here’s one of the unlinked domains I found for ahrefs.com:

unlinked domains

This means marketingprofs.com has never linked to us.

Now, this search doesn’t tell us whether or not they have a “write for us” page. But it doesn’t really matter. The truth is that most sites are usually happy to accept guest posts if you can offer them “quality” content. It would, therefore, definitely be worth reaching out and “pitching” such sites.

Another benefit of using Content Explorer is that you can see stats for each page, including:

  • # of RDs;
  • DR;
  • Organic traffic estimation;
  • Social shares;
  • Etc.

You can also export the results easily. 🙂

Finally, if you’re wondering whether a specific site accepts guest posts or not, try this:

specific site guest contribution

SIDENOTE. You could add even more searches—e.g., “this is a guest article”—to the list of searches included within the parentheses. I kept this simple for demonstration purposes.

6. Find resource page opportunities

“Resource” pages round-up the best resources on a topic.

Here’s what a so-called “resource” page looks like:

All of those links you see = links to resources on other sites.

(Ironically—given the subject nature of that particular page—a lot of those links are broken)FURTHER READING

So if you have a cool resource on your site, you can:

  1. find relevant “resource” pages;
  2. pitch your resource for inclusion

Here’s one way to find them:

fitness resources operator

But that can return a lot of junk.

Here’s a cool way to narrow it down:

fitness resources url title operator

Or narrow it down even further with:

intitle fitness numbers resources operator

SIDENOTE. Using allintitle: here ensures that the title tag contains the words “fitness” AND “resources,” and also a number between 5–15.A NOTE ABOUT THE #..# OPERATOR

I know what you’re thinking:

Why not use the #..# operator instead of that long sequence of numbers.

Good point!

Let’s try it:

fail operator

Confused? Here’s the deal:

This operator doesn’t play nicely with most other operators.

Nor does it seem to work a lot of the time anyway—it’s definitely hit and miss.

So I recommend using a sequence of numbers separated by “OR” or the pipe (“|”) operator.

It’s a bit of a hassle, but it works.

7. Find sites that feature infographics… so you can pitch YOURS

Infographics get a bad rap.

Most likely, this is because a lot of people create low-quality, cheap infographics that serve no real purpose… other than to “attract links.”

But infographics aren’t always bad.

Here’s the general strategy for infographics:

  1. create infographic
  2. pitch infographic
  3. get featured, get link (and PR!)

But who should you pitch your infographic to?

Just any old sites in your niche?

NO.

You should pitch to sites that are actually likely to want to feature your infographic.

The best way to do this is to find sites that have featured infographics before.

Here’s how:

fitness infographic operator

SIDENOTE. It can also be worth searching within a recent date range—e.g., the past 3 months. If a site featured an infographic two years ago, that doesn’t necessarily mean they still care about infographics. Whereas if a site featured an infographic in the past few months, chances are they still regularly feature them. But as the “daterange:” operator no longer seems to work, you’ll have to do this using the in-built filter in Google search.

But again, this can kick back some serious junk.

So here’s a quick trick:

  1. use the above search to find a good, relevant infographic (i.e., well-designed, etc.)
  2. search for that specific infographic

Here’s an example:

reddit guide to fitness infographic

This found ~2 results from the last 3 months. And 450+ all-time results.

Do this for a handful of infographics and you’ll have a good list of prospects.NOT GETTING GREAT RESULTS FROM GOOGLE? TRY THIS.

Have you ever noticed that when an infographic is embedded on a site, the site owner will usually include the word “infographic” in square brackets in the title tag?

Example:

infographic title tag

Unfortunately, Google search ignores square brackets (even if they’re in quotes).

But Content Explorer doesn’t.

Content Explorer > search query > “AND [infographic]”

content explorer infographic

As you can see, you can also use advanced operators in CE to search for multiple terms at once. The search above finds results containing “SEO,” “keyword research,” or “link building” in the title tag, plus “[infographic].”

You can export these easily (with all associated metrics), too.FURTHER READING

8. Find more link prospects… AND check how relevant they really are

Let’s assume you’ve found a site that you want a link from.

It’s been manually vetted for relevance… and all looks good.

Here’s how to find a list of similar sites or pages:

related google search operator

This returned ~49 results—all of which were similar sites.SIDENOTE. In the example above, we’re looking for similar sites to Ahrefs’ blog—not Ahrefs as a whole.WANT TO DO THE SAME FOR SPECIFIC PAGES? NO PROBLEM

Let’s try our link building guide.

related link building google operator

That’s ~45 results, all of which are very similar. 🙂

Here’s one of the results: yoast.com/seo-blog

I’m quite familiar with Yoast, so I know it’s a relevant site/prospect.

But let’s assume that I know nothing about this site, how could I quickly vet this prospect?

Here’s how:

  1. do a site:domain.com search, and note down the number of results;
  2. do a site:domain.com [niche] search, then also note down the number of results;
  3. divide the second number by the first—if it’s above 0.5, it’s a good, relevant prospect; if it’s above 0.75, it’s a super-relevant prospect.

Let’s try this with yoast.com.

Here’s the number of results for a simple site: search:

yoast simple site search

And site: [niche]:

yoast site niche search

So that’s 3,950 / 3,330 = ~0.84.

(Remember, >0.75 translates to a very relevant prospect, usually)

Now let’s try the same for a site that I know to be irrelevant: greatist.com.

Number of results for site:greatist.com search: ~18,000

Number of results for site:greatist.com SEO search: ~7

(18,000 / 7 = ~0.0004 = a totally irrelevant site)

IMPORTANT! This is a great way to quick eliminate highly-irrelevant tactics, but it’s not foolproof—you will sometimes get strange or unenlightening results. I also want to stress that it’s certainly no replacement for manually checking a potential prospect’s website. You should ALWAYS thoroughly check a prospects site before reaching out to them. Failure to do that = SPAMMING.HERE’S ANOTHER WAY TO FIND SIMILAR DOMAINS/PROSPECTS…

Site Explorer > relevant domain > Competing Domains

For example, let’s assume I was looking for more SEO-related link prospects.

I could enter ahrefs.com/blog into Site Explorer.

Then check the Competing Domains.

competing domains

This will reveal domains competing for the same keywords.

9. Find social profiles for outreach prospects

Got someone in mind that you want to reach out to?

Try this trick to find their contact details:

tim soulo google search social profiles

SIDENOTE. You NEED to know their name for this one. This is usually quite easy to find on most websites—it’s just the contact details that can be somewhat elusive.

Here are the top 4 results:

tim soulo social profiles

BINGO.

You can then contact them directly via social media.

Or use some of the tips from steps #4 and #6 in this article to hunt down an email address.FURTHER READING

10. Find internal linking opportunities

Internal links are important.

They help visitors to find their way around your site.

And they also bring SEO benefits (when used wisely).

But you need to make sure that you’re ONLY adding internal links where relevant.

Let’s say that you just published a big list of SEO tips.

Wouldn’t it be cool to add an internal link to that post from any other posts where you talk about SEO tips?

Definitely.

It’s just that finding relevant places to add such links can be difficult—especially with big sites.

So here’s a quick trick:

seo tips internal links

For those of you who still haven’t gotten the hang of search operators, here’s what this does:

  1. Restricts the search to a specific site;
  2. Excludes the page/post that you want to build internal links to;
  3. Looks for a certain word or phrase in the text.

Here’s one opportunity I found with this operator:

seo tips internal link

It took me all of ~3 seconds to find this. 🙂

11. Find PR opportunities by finding competitor mentions

Here’s a page that mentions a competitor of ours—Moz.

how to use moz

Found using this advanced search:

competitor search

But why no mention of Ahrefs? 🙁

Using site: and intext:, I can see that this site has mentioned us a couple of times before.

ahrefs mentions

But they haven’t written any posts dedicated to our toolset, as they have with Moz.

This presents an opportunity.

Reach out, build a relationship, then perhaps they may write about Ahrefs.

Here’s another cool search that can be used to find competitor reviews:

allintitle review search google

SIDENOTE. Because we’re using “allintitle” rather than “intitle,” this will match only results with both the word “review” and one of our competitors in the title tag.

You can build relationships with these people and get them to review your product/service too.GO EVEN FURTHER WITH CONTENT EXPLORER

You can also use the “In title” search in Content Explorer to find competitor reviews.

I tried this for Ahrefs and found 795 results.

competitor review

For clarity, here’s the exact search I used:

review AND (moz OR semrush OR majestic) -site:moz.com -site:semrush.com -site:majestic.com

But you can go even further by highlighting unlinked mentions.

This highlights the sites that have never linked to you before, so you can then prioritise them.

Here’s one site that has never linked to Ahrefs, yet has reviewed our competitor:

hobo web no link

You can see that it’s a Domain Rating (DR) 79 website, so it would be well worth getting a mention on this site.

Here’s another cool tip:

Google’s daterange: operator is now deprecated. But you can still add a time period filter to find recent competitor mentions.

Just use the inbuilt filter.

Tools > Any time > select time period

daterange filter competitor mention

Looks like ~34 reviews of our competitors were published in the past month.WANT ALERTS FOR COMPETITOR MENTIONS IN REAL-TIME? DO THIS.

Alerts > Mentions > Add alert

Enter the name of your competitor… or any search query you like.

Choose a mode (either “in title” or “everywhere”), add your blocked domains, then add a recipient.

ahrefs alerts mention

Set your internal to real-time (or whatever interval you prefer).

Hit “Save.”

You will now receive an email whenever your competitors are mentioned online.

12. Find sponsored post opportunities

Sponsored posts are paid-for posts promoting your brand, product or service.

These are NOT link building opportunities.

Google’s guidelines states the following;Buying or selling links that pass PageRank. This includes exchanging money for links, or posts that contain links; exchanging goods or services for links; or sending someone a “free” product in exchange for them writing about it and including a link

This is why you should ALWAYS nofollow links in sponsored posts.

But the true value of a sponsored post doesn’t come down to links anyway.

It comes down to PR—i.e., getting your brand in front of the right people.

Here’s one way to find sponsored post opportunities using Google search operators:

sponsored post results

~151 results. Not bad.

Here are a few other operator combinations to use:

  • [niche] intext:”this is a sponsored post by”
  • [niche] intext:”this post was sponsored by”
  • [niche] intitle:”sponsored post”
  • [niche] intitle:”sponsored post archives” inurl:”category/sponsored-post”
  • “sponsored” AROUND(3) “post”

SIDENOTE. The examples above are exactly that—examples. There are almost certainly other footprints you can use to find such posts. Don’t be afraid to try other ideas.WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH TRAFFIC EACH OF THESE SITES GET? DO THIS.

Use this Chrome bookmarklet to extract the Google search results.

Batch Analysis > paste the URLs > select “domain/*” mode > sort by organic search traffic

batch analysis organic search traffic

Now you have a list of the sites with the most traffic, which are usually the best opportunities.

13. Find Q+A threads related to your content

Forums and Q+A sites are great for promoting content.SIDENOTE. Promoting != spamming. Don’t join such sites just to add your links. Provide value and drop the occasional relevant link in there in the process.

One site that comes to mind is Quora.

Quora allow you to drop relevant links throughout your answers.

quora answer

an answer on Quora with a link to an SEO blog.

It’s true that these links are nofollowed.

But we’re not trying to build links here—this is about PR!

Here’s one way to find relevant threads:

find quora threads google operator

Don’t limit yourself to Quora, though.

This can be done with any forum or Q+A site.

Here’s the same search for Warrior Forum:

warrior forum thread search

I also know that Warrior Forum has a search engine optimization category.

Every thread in this category has “.com/search-engine-optimization/” in the URL.

So I could refine my search even further with the inurl: operator.

warrior forum inurl search

I’ve found that using search operators like this allows you to search forum threads with more granularity than most on-site searches.HERE’S ANOTHER COOL TRICK…

Site Explorer > quora.com > Organic Keywords > search for a niche-relevant keyword

You should now see relevant Quora threads sorted by estimated monthly organic traffic.

Screen Shot 2018 05 07 at 19 39 26

Answering such threads can lead to a nice trickle of referral traffic.

14. Find how often your competitors are publishing new content

Most blogs reside in a subfolder or on a subdomain.

Examples:

This makes it easy to check how regularly competitors are publishing new content.

Let’s try this for one of our competitors—SEMrush.

competitor blog search

Looks like they have ~4.5K blog posts.

But this isn’t accurate. It includes multi-language versions of the blog, which reside on subdomains.

competitor blog subdomains

Let’s filter these out.

That’s more like it. ~2.2K blog posts.

Now we know our competitor (SEMrush) has ~2.2K blog posts in total.

Let’s see how many they published in the last month.

Because the daterange: operator no longer works, we’ll instead use Google’s inbuilt filter.

Tools > Any time > select time period

competitor blog posts month

SIDENOTE. Any date range is possible here. Just select “custom.”

~29 blog posts. Interesting.

FYI, that’s ~4x faster than we publish new posts. And they have ~15X more posts than us in total.

But we still get more traffic… with ~2x the value, might I add 😉

ahrefs vs competitor

Quality over quantity, right!?

You can also use the site: operator combined with a search query to see how much content a competitor has published on a certain topic.

competitor site topic operator

15. Find sites linking to competitors

Competitors getting links?

What if you could also have them?

Google’s link: operator was officially deprecated in 2017.

But I’ve found that it does still return some results.

competitor links search

SIDENOTE. When doing this, always make sure to exclude your competitors site using the “site” operator. If you don’t, you’ll also see their internal links.

~900K links.WANT TO SEE EVEN MORE LINKS?

Google’s data is heavily sampled.

It likely isn’t too accurate either.

Site Explorer can provide a much fuller picture of your competitor’s backlink profile.

competitor backlinks site explorer

~1.5 million backlinks.

That’s a lot more than Google showed us.

This is yet another instance where the time period filter can be useful.

Filtering by the last month, I can see that Moz has gained 18K+ new backlinks.

competitor links month

Pretty useful. But this also illustrates how inaccurate this data can be.

Site Explorer picked up 35K+ links for this same period.

35k links site explorer

That’s almost DOUBLE!FURTHER READING

Final Thoughts

Google advanced search operators are insanely powerful.

You just have to know how to use them.

But I have to admit that some are more useful than others, especially when it comes to SEO. I find myself using site:intitle:intext:, and inurl: on an almost daily basis. Yet I rarely use AROUND(X)allintitle:, and many of the other more obscure operators.

I’d also add that many operators are borderline useless unless paired with another operator… or two, or three.

So do play around with them and let me know what you come up with.

I’d be more than happy to add any useful combinations you discover to the post. 🙂

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E-A-T LÀ GÌ? THAY ĐỔI TƯ DUY VIẾT BÀI SEO ĐỂ LÊN TOP BỀN VỮNG

E-A-T là viết tắt của 3 từ Expertise – Authority – Trust. Đây là 3 yếu tố chính mà Google dùng để đánh giá chất lượng nội dung của một website. Hiểu được từng yếu tố trong E-A-T và ý nghĩa của nó sẽ giúp bạn sản xuất/tối ưu nội dung SEO giúp website lên top bền vững.

1. EXPERTISE – YẾU TỐ CHUYÊN MÔN CỦA BÀI VIẾT

Khỏi nói chắc các bạn cũng hiểu… Khi đi khám ở viện, bạn tin tưởng giao sức khỏe của mình cho một liệu trình chuyên nghiệp của một bác sĩ có 30 năm kinh nghiệm hay những lời hứa hẹn của một sinh viên tập sự nào đó?
Bạn hiểu ý tôi rồi đó! Google cũng vậy.

Expertise là tiêu chí đánh giá kiến thức chuyên môn của bài viết.

Tức là bài viết của bạn phải chuyên nghiệp!
Một trong những kiểu viết bài “chuyên nghiệp” nhất là tung ra các nghiên cứu, báo cáo, khảo sát gốc (primary research).

Tuy nhiên, hầu hết các công ty đang triển khai SEO trên thị trường hiện nay đều đi tham khảo các nguồn thông tin của website khác để viết lại thành bài của mình. Chỉ một số lượng rất nhỏ các công ty tự sản xuất ra các báo cáo, dữ liệu tự tổng hợp và nghiên cứu. Nếu bạn thuộc nhóm này, thì hay tạo ra giá trị gia tăng cho người dùng. Tức là mặc dù bạn không sản xuất ra kiến thức mới, nhưng bạn tổng hợp những bài cũ rồi trình bày hợp lý, khoa học giúp người đọc dễ hiểu hơn.

Cách cải thiện Expertise cho web:
Bạn sẽ cần làm cho bài viết của mình “chuyên nghiệp” hơn, dưới đây là một vài gợi ý:
  • Sản xuất những thông tin, báo cáo, nghiên cứu gốc (report, whitepaper, document,…)
  • Đầu tư chất xám vào bài viết, tạo ra những giá trị “của riêng bạn”. (trình bày khoa học, trực quan, sinh động hơn tất cả những bài khác).
  • Trích dẫn nhớ ghi nguồn theo chuẩn apa. Nhớ chọn những thông tin, trang web có uy tín trong ngành để trích dẫn nhé. Đừng trích dẫn báo lá cải, web tào lao.
  • Hành văn mạch lạc, rõ ràng, luận điểm, bằng chứng thuyết phục.
  • Có số liệu minh bạch là điểm cộng, không có thì thôi. Tuyệt đối không nên “bịa” ra số liệu.
  • Nội dung độc nhất, hạn chế tối đa trùng lặp với website khác. Nếu trùng thì nên đặt trích dẫn rõ ràng.
  • Nói không với SPIN bài viết của người khác rồi đăng lại trên website của bạn. Bạn đang chơi trên sân khách, đừng cố để “qua mặt Google”.

2. AUTHORITY – MỨC ĐỘ THẨM QUYỀN

Authority (hay Authoritativeness) chỉ mức độ thẩm quyền của tác giả hay website. Tức là khi xét đến điểm số Authority của bạn, Google muốn biết: Bạn có phải là “chuyên gia” trong lĩnh vực bạn đang viết hay không? Bạn có chứng chỉ, bằng cấp trong ngành không? Website của bạn có phải là một đơn vị uy tín trong ngành không?

Nếu bạn quảng bá cho sản phẩm, dịch vụ mà bạn là chuyên gia trong lĩnh vực đó, thì Google sẽ đánh giá cao những bài viết content SEO của bạn. Đồng nghĩa với việc bạn có cơ hội lên top cao hơn. Khi đó, người dùng có nhiều khả năng tìm được những bài viết có giá trị hơn.

Cải thiện chỉ số Authority cho website:
  • Tạo trang giới thiệu về các tác giả cho website.
  • Đặt thông tin tác giả ở cuối mỗi bài viết.
  • Hiển thị sự chuyên nghiệp, uy tín của tác giả. VD: địa vị, chức vụ, bằng cấp. => Yếu tố này càng quan trọng khi bạn làm site về sức khỏe.
  • Nếu background (tiểu sử) của tác giả có liên quan tới lĩnh vực đang viết thì tốt, không có cũng không sao. (Bạn nào có điều kiện thì mua vài bài báo PR cho bản thân trong lĩnh vực cần viết thì càng tốt )

3. TRUST – ĐỘ TIN CẬY

Trust (hay trustworthiness) trong SEO là độ tin cậy của website, thương hiệu, hoặc nội dung.
Tạo ra nhiều nội dung cho website thì dễ. Nhưng làm sao để tăng độ tin cậy cho những nội dung đó lại khó hơn nhiều.
Để hiểu rõ hơn về Trust trong SEO, hãy xét ví dụ:
Bạn khẳng định mình rất giỏi toán, vô địch thiên hạ. Nhưng bạn không có giải thưởng nào cả, không có bất kỳ một bài báo nào về bạn, thậm chí tới hàng xóm cũng không khen bạn giỏi toán. Thì một người xa lạ sẽ không tin là bạn giỏi toán.
Bạn hiểu rồi chứ?

Trust là những gì người khác nói về bạn, chứ không phải những gì bạn nói về chính mình.

Biểu hiện rõ nhất của Trust là PR và backlink.
Vậy, làm sao để tăng Trust?
  • Đừng tốn công spam backlink diễn đàn. Hãy chọn từ 3-5 forum liên quan tới chủ đề của web bạn đang SEO, đăng những bài viết hữu ích lên đó và trỏ link về web của bạn.
  • Mua bài từ những trang báo nổi tiếng sẽ giúp tăng trust rất nhanh! VD: cafebiz, vnexpress, 24h.com.vn, muong14.vn,… Lưu ý: đi link về trang chủ sẽ tăng trust đồng đều và nhanh nhất.
  • Tập trung vào xây dựng backlink chất lượng thay vì số lượng.

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Yêu cầu cơ bản khi thiết kê web cho seo

Tên miền
Thiết kế web tối ưu hoá CRO
Open Graph Protocol
Favicon
Title
Description
Rel =”canonical”
Meta Keywords
Rel = publisher
Google Analytics
Rich Snippets
CSS, JS
Beadcrumb
Thẻ H1
Thẻ H2
Thẻ H3 … H6
Content (nội dung)
Hình ảnh
Video
Internal link
Link Out
Tags
Keywords density
Rich snippets content
Comment, đánh giá
Thêm Icon, đậm nghiêng vào bài viết
Like Facebook, Google+, Twitter…
Link profile tới các trang mạng xã hội
Google AMP HTML
Sitemap, robots.txt
có thẻ noindex từng danh mục, bài viết, sản phẩm
Có quản trị redirect link
Mặc định tiêu đề các danh mục, sản phẩm, tin tức cuối tiêu đề luôn có – mydomain.com
Tên thẻ meta head
Title
Description
Keywords
Canonical
Open Graph Protocol
Publisher
Favicon
Robots
Nositelinkssearchbox
Notranslate
Google-site-verification
Utf-8
Refresh
Next
Prev
Viewport
Hreflang

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Profile cho doanh nghiệp

Tạo Profile cho doanh nghiệp phải đủ các yếu tố và yêu cầu sau:

  • Trước khi làm chuẩn bị Tên doanh nghiệp, Số điện thoại, Địa chỉ, Chuẩn bị 2 Bài giới thiệu 1 bài dài 165 ký tự, 1 bài dài 500 ký tự chứa đầy đủ sàn phẩm, ngành hàng kinh doanh, . kèm theo avatar, banner đã được geotag.
  • Tương quan chỉ số: Dr(ahref)>50, DA(moz) >30
  • Mỗi một Profile tạo ra là một minh chứng cho sự tồn tài của doanh nghiệp trên internet
  • Phải điền đủ hết những thông tin có thể điển trên profile đó
  • Khi tạo có thứ tự từ trên xuống, những mạng xã hội được goolge công nhận như facebook, twiter, linkedin, pinterest, flick, …. phải tạo trước điền đầy đủ chi tiết các thông tin của doanh nghiệp
  • Tạo các profile chỉ số cao, profile có link dofollow trỏ về được ưu tiên lặp lại nhiều nhất.
  • Nghiên tắc tạo profile bao gồm nếu mo tả cho chèn link thì phải cho hết các link của mạng xã hội chính + trang chủ, nếu cho điền thêm thì phải điền cái sau trỏ về cái trước.

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admin 16 Tháng Bảy, 2019 0 Comments

Check list quan trọng

1 Nghiên cứu từ khóa và lên kế hoạch nội dung Nghiên cứu từ khóa Ahrefs
Lên kế hoạch nội dung
2 Outsource Content Bàn giao sườn nội dung + yêu cầu
  cho bên outsource
Viết bài Content
3 Setup WordPress Backup dữ liệu UpdraftPlus
Chống spam Antispam Bee
Tối ưu SEO Yoast
  SEO
Bảo mật Sucuri Security, WPS Hide Login, Pasword
  Generator
Tối ưu tốc độ LiteSpeed
  Caches
Nén ảnh TinyPNG, Imagify
Chuyển lên HTTPS Let’s
  Encrypt, Realy Simple SSL
Cài mã theo dõi Google Search Console, Google Analytics,
  Google Tag Manager, Facebook Pixel, Insert Header & Footer, HotJar…
Tạo mã schema WP SEO
  Structured Data Schema
Liên kết nội bộ WP SEO Auto Linker
Setup Redirection Redirection
Setup NoFollow Ultimate NoFollow
4,1 Tối ưu Content SEO Check lỗi ngữ pháp
Check bố cục bài viết Word
Kiểm tra văn phong, đạo văn CopyScape
4,2 Tối ưu hình ảnh Tìm hình ảnh minh
  họa, check bản quyền hình ảnh
Ảnh tự chụp / Google Image
Chèn logo, số điện thoại
Nén ảnh TinyPNG, Imagify
Đổi tên ảnh, mô tả thẻ alt
4,3 Tối ưu từ khóa Tìm từ khóa liên quan
  & chèn vào bài viết
Ahrefs
Tổng hợp các câu hỏi thường gặp
  & trả lời
4,4 Tối ưu bài viết Tối ưu URL
Viết lại tiêu đề + meta decription
5 Tối ưu Liên kết nội
  bộ
Tạo danh sách bài
  viết liên quan
Top Page Ahrefs
Chèn anchor text tự động WP SEO Auto
  Linker
Chèn anchor text thủ
  công
Kiểm tra sự phân bổ internal link Google
  Search Console
6 Audit Technical SEO Kiểm tra Indexing
  & Crawlability
Website Auditor
Kiểm tra Redirects Plugin
  Redirection
Encoding &
  Technical Factor
Google Search Console
URLs Ahrefs
Links Mobile Test Friendly
Hình ảnh GTMetrix
Onpage Yoast SEO
7 Tối ưu Google RankBrain Tìm các từ khóa liên quan TF – IDF
  Website Auditor
Tìm nội dung liên
  quan
Cotent Gap URL Ahrefs
Khai báo schema trang chủ WP SEO
  Structured Data Schema
Khai báo schema trang
  sản phẩm / dịch vụ quan trọng
WP SEO Structured Data Schema
Chuẩn bị thông tin doanh nghiệp (INAP) Word
Đăng
  thông tin doanh nghiệp lên Local Business Directory
Đăng thông tin doanh nghiệp lên Social About
  Me
8 Google Map &
  Local SEO
Tạo Google Map
Chăm sóc Google Map
9 Audit Backlink Đánh giá Domain
Đánh giá Backlink
Đánh giá Anchor Text
10 Tính tỉ lệ anchor text trung bình Tính mật độ anchor text trung bình URL Ahrefs
11 Outsource Content để
  Build Link
Lên kế hoạch từ khóa
  & nội dung
Ahrefs
Outsource Content
12 Build Link Build Link
13 Build vệ tinh, săn PBN, mua
  backlink
Linking Z,
  GTVSEO, Hoài Đoàn
14 Mua Tool Trần Lâm

Xem: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Faz9RouxKVyVHSQ1qz6TJRq8Zyx-YILGS9QBx7otWWU/edit?usp=sharing

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Câu chuyện mài cái rìu

Nếu làm seo hiệu quả trong 6h hãy dành 4h làm kế hoạch và 2h triển khai.

Ngày xưa có một anh tiều phu rất khoẻ mạnh. Anh đến gặp một người buôn gỗ xin làm công. Anh được chấp nhận. Đồng lương rất hậu nhưng đổi lại là những điều kiện làm việc rất khắc nghiệt. Vì thế, anh tiều phu quyết định phải làm hết sức mình.

Người chủ đưa cho anh một cái rìu và chỉ nơi anh phải làm việc. Ngày đầu tiên, anh tiều phu đầy năng lượng đốn được 18 cây gỗ. Ông chủ rất ấn tượng và động viên: “Tốt lắm, hãy tiếp tục như thế nhé!”. Được khích lệ bởi những lời khen của ông chủ, ngày hôm sau anh tiều phu cố gắng nhiều hơn nữa nhưng chỉ hạ được 15 cây. Ngày thứ ba, cố gắng nhiều hơn nữa những anh ta chỉ đốn được 10 cây. Và cứ thế, số cây gỗ cứ giảm dần, giảm dần trong những ngày tiếp theo.

“Ôi, ta đã mất đi sức mạnh rồi”, anh tiều phu tự than thân. Anh quyết định đến gặp ông chủ và xin lỗi đã không hoàn thành công việc. Anh tiều phu giải thích rằng anh cũng không hiểu chuyện gì đang xảy ra nữa.

“Lần cuối cùng anh mài lưỡi rìu là khi nào vậy?” người chủ hỏi.

“Mài ư? Tôi chẳng có thời gian rảnh mà mài. Tôi bận đốn những cái cây.”

Cuộc sống của chúng ta cũng vậy. Đôi khi chúng ta quá bận rộn đến nỗi quên đi việc mài sắc lưỡi rìu. Trong thế giới ngày nay, mọi người dường như bận rộn hơn bao giờ hết và cũng ít hạnh phúc hơn bao giờ hết. Nhưng chúng ta không nên quá bận bịu đến mức thờ ơ với những việc quan trọng trong cuộc sống, như thời gian dành để đọc sách, để thư giãn, để suy nghĩ, để học hỏi và trưởng thành. Nếu không dành thời gian để mài sắc lưỡi rìu, chúng ta sẽ trở nên cùn lụt và làm việc kém hiệu quả.

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admin 3 Tháng Bảy, 2019 0 Comments

Bí mật để lên top mọi từ khóa(top10)

Khuyến cáo đọc hết cái kia mới được xem cái này nhé, cái này ngày nào cũng phải xem để tăng cường khẳ năng tư duy cho bản thân về triết lý làm SEO 🙂 Bấm vào đây để xem xem ở đây

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admin 28 Tháng Sáu, 2019 0 Comments

Khung dạy seo của tất cả các trung tâm tại Việt Nam

Mỗi trung tâm sẽ có một chương trình đào tạo SEO khác nhau.

Tuy nhiên, khung chương trình cơ bản thường có những nội dung sau:

  1. Nghiên cứu thị trường, hành vi người dùng và phân tích đối thủ.
  2. Nghiên cứu từ khóa và lên kế hoạch nội dung SEO.
  3. Tối ưu Onpage và Liên kết nội bộ.
  4. Tối ưu Google RankBrain và các Social Marketing.
  5. Tối ưu trải nghiệm người dùng, và các vấn đề về UI, UX.
  6. Local SEO và Google Map.
  7. Cách phân tích backlink chất lượng.
  8. Các chiến thuật Link Building: Xây dựng vệ tinh, PBN, Social SEO, mua link, Guest Post….
  9. Cách sử dụng một số công cụ SEO đặc thù như: Google Search ConsoleGoogle AnalyticsAhrefsSEMRushScreaming Frog

Nếu chuyên sâu hơn, bạn có thể sẽ học thêm các kỹ thuật nâng cao, và kỹ năng quản dự án SEO như:

  • Cách sử dụng các công cụ nâng cao như IFTTTAhrefsScreaming FrogGSA Search Engine RankerURL ProfilerRegister Compass
  • Quản lý dự án SEO (tài chính, nhân sự, thời gian, rủi ro….)
  • Các kỹ thuật SEO độc quyền của mỗi đơn vị đào tạo.

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